312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp, bright flavor shines like city lights on Lake Michigan. Hazy and unfiltered, our award-winning Urban Wheat Ale's flavor flows from start to finish.

18 IBU

Added by DrunkMcDermott on 04-16-2004

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a hazy straw colored body.

S: wheat, grains and hint of slightly sour lemon.

T: grains and wheats. lemon provides more of zest and peppery note, differing from the aroma.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: obviously very drinkable. Nice flavor for a usually bland genre. one of the better for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather generic wheat beer, although plenty refreshing in the summer, and very crisp with a light citrusy profile. its cloudy on the pour, but only mildly so, not too much sediment floating around or anything, and a fluffy white head over an inch tall, but it doesn't last real long. plenty of white wheat malt happening, light herbal notes of coriander and a seemingly authentic german hefe yeast. It does smell a little funky in the finish, a slight off flavor, lets see what it tastes like. relatively clean and refreshing, lemons are prevalent, as is the nice yeast, but it seems a little overdone, like a little more than necessary in terms of yeast. just a touch of pepper in there as well, and its a little more filling that I wish it was. as a down easy beer at a wedding, it seemed just slightly off the mark. it also doesn't taste a whole lot different than their summertime ale, which just seemed strange to me. is goose island going down the tubes? maybe too early to tell, but don't hate this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a surprisingly clear looking brew, the color was golden and the head was white. The smell of the beer gives off some sweet wheat aromas, perhaps some other sweet grains as well. The nose of this beer is very light, nothing too pronounced here really. The taste of the beer is soft, quite refreshing, not fruity just light and enjoyable without much of a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's a good drinking beer, isn't something I'd want all the time but it was nice to try.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a large bright white head that slowly faced into a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of lemons really stand out in the nose; there are also some notes of biscuity malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is slightly stronger and has more balance between the citrus and malt flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very smooth and creamy.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. I would definitely consider having this again on a hot summer day if I was looking for something sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the hot and hazy days of summer, 312 Urban Wheat delivers high refreshment with mild zesty fruit taste, crisp and clean and just enough character to keep the most hardened beer enthusiast coming back for more.

Pouring with a mild, milky haze the bright yellow ale builds a fluffy cottony head that endures the session with medium lace and retention. The beer simply has an appetizing appearance.

Aromatic with the light must and tartness of wheat, an overall estery quality of green apples, lemon zest, and juicy oranges meets soft clove, white pepper, and lemongrass herbs for a refreshing and balanced scent. But when compared to traditional German wheat ales, this American wheat has muted aromas and tilt ever so slightly to the acidic side.

Flavor do much the same as the taste of wheat malt, protien, and starch give a semi-rich taste that's backed with the sweetness of Juicy Fruit bubblegum and yeasty dough. Lemony acidity, citrus, and sulfur gives a briskness to the flavor that ensures a snappy and clean finish. The light lactic-like quality of fermentation gives a platform to the tartness that informs the fruit esters and together, provides wholesome and togetherness.

Medium bodied, at least until the carbonation subsides at mid palate; but the finish is quick, clean, and pleasantly acidic. Allowing a mild linger of zesty fruit and dry wheat malt, the finish is backed by the mild warmth of mint and herbs.

Where I generally enjoy the fuller flavor of authentic Hefeweizens, I can see this crisper, cleaner, and more simplified palate finding way into my glass while enjoying a game at Wrigley Field.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in the pub at O'Hare.

This beer appears a slightly hazy pale yellow colour, with one finger of pillow-like white head, which leaves some draped lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild wheat grain, citrus, spice, and earthy yeast. The taste is nice semi-sweet wheat malt, white pepper, mild citrus, and more subtle yeast. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, yet with a decent heft - grain and spice fleshing things out.

For a style that normally leaves me looking to the next one, this is actually quite good - refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that leaves a nice patch or two of lacing

Smell: Yeasty and bready with a touch of banana

Taste: Starts out with a somewhat sweet graham cracker flavor that brings a bit of a lemony aspect in the middle; after the swallow the sweeter flavors intensify and bring in a touch of banana and vanilla; there is a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice summer quaffer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Poured a light bright yellow color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of wheat malt with semi-sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by wheat malt with light sugary notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not much more then a middle of the road wheat ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a fluffy one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of fruits, wheat and yeast. There was a sweet aroma, as well.

T - A great blend of fruits and wheat. Also, a sweet kick.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very good Am. Pale Wheat Ale. A great combo of wheat and fruit tastes.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a hint a lemony brightness. Slightly cloudy with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Two-finger white head.

S: Sweet with some citrus spice.

T: Sweet with pale malt and a definite citrus glaze. An ever-so-slight amount of bitterness.

M: A little bit heavy on the carbonation. Also, a tiny bit too much citrus on the swallow.

D: Clean, light, refreshing. Good summer beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove. wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another one received in the large Goose Island sampler from AgentZero.

A: Pours with large airy head that disappears faster than the virginity of a teenager at the prom. Bright golden yellow color with an ominous glow and a metric shitton of haze. Lots of huge bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass but being so big they can't keep a head.

N: A lot of wheat that just dominates everything else. SOme very light grassy and citrus aromas and just a touch of sweet malt, perhaps some banana as well. Very light nose.

T: Starts pretty wheaty and light, some toasted earthy wheat quality that is different than I expected. Some light sweetness that is almost uncalled for. Touch of banana and a little more fruit taste, and almost a syrupy taste that goes a long with that sweetness.

M: Pretty light, lots of big bubbles but not very pleasant carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry surprisingly with the strange sweetnesses in the middle. The slight banana and fruit seems to linger a bit then changes to a nagging not so pleasant bitterness.

Final thoughts: All in all a very light and pretty refreshing beer. It's a little awkward with all the strange sweet flavors and some not so pleasant bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is huge bubbles and it's not so pleasant that way. But it does finish pretty dry and it's a very light beer so it would be a great thirst quenching summer beer, but that's about all it's good for... or a palate cleanser between beers with more taste.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Served as part of a GI tasting at Whole Foods Venice.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half-inch thick white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Wheaty grains and some light lemony notes.

T: Wheat, corn, slight clove spice, banana esters, lemony citrus.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Thin and somewhat watery.

O: First part of the GI tasting and you've got to start someplace. Not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "312 Urban Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 29JAN2016"

The first time I saw 312 Wheat it was on tap at some place in Omaha, NE. It had a telephone as a tap handle, and it caught my eye. When I asked the bartender what it was he responded that it was "a local beer, a pale ale". Neither of his answers were correct, and perhaps the "pale ale" part is why Goose Island/Budweiser is discontinuing this beer now - he might have confused it with the 312 pale ale (although I think this was before that was even created).

It's not a bad beer though. It's got a pleasant, slightly sweet and yeasty nose to it. I get subtle clove, sugar, and chalk. The flavor is similar, but with more wheat in the malt, and more fruitiness (apple, banana, lemon rind). It's a little spicy with hops, and a touch grassy and herbal as well. It's moderately bitter, and very well balanced.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a Weizen glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with several fingers of foamy white head. This maintains roughly a sudsy ½ finger or so, leaving behind sticky swathes of spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy with a touch of citrus and spice. A bready sweetness sits along the back but this is mostly focusing on that light hop character here.

The taste is grassy bitterness and light citrus flavors, while a moderately flavorful wheat backing gives the hops some support. This is dry with a leafy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied with a mellow prickliness on the tongue that then gets more smooth and silky along the back.

I wanted to like this one more but man; this is a really average take on a Wheat beer that is just boring feeling at times. I’m not usually one to just come out and call a beer that either but this unfortunately was the only thought going through my brain as I drank this. Disappointing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and lemon, along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready wheat flavor as you would expect and then some lemony citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely one of your typical lawnmower/BBQ beers because it's light, kind of refreshing and very easy to pound down. However, it's not the first lawnmower/BBQ beer I would choose.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks inviting enough in the narrow Einbecker glass, with a hazy pale amber color and professional-looking white suds. A whiff of malt with a spicy hint. Pleasant prickly carbonation on the tongue. Very light bodied, though the sudsiness makes it seem thicker and there is some malty substance.

This is more of a cross between an American Wheat and a light Hefeweizen. There is not any actual spicy German esters, but it's more flavorful and warm. Some toasty and sugar cookie flavors with a lemony hint. Just the faintest bitter tinge.

Rating as an American Wheat it's well above average. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to TheLibrarianGirl's buddy, Laurie, for bringing this brew back from a road trip to Chicago. Bottled on: 05/16/11.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale straw-colored body with an airy, white head that collapses at a moderate pace.

Smell: Light malty notes, a light kiss of sweet lemon, and a faint, faint hint of underlying graininess.

Taste: Begins with a gentle maltiness of delicately malted barley and wheat. Lightly sweet with a hint of honey water. A noted fruity, faintly tart citrusy hop presence. Low bitterness. Small shred of yeastiness. Drying on the lively, wheat-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Overall: It's an APWA alright, though thankfully not as cheerless and lifeless as some, and, after going out rowing for the afternoon, it really provides for some substantial refreshment.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a moderate patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Overall very mild in aroma with some light hints of lemon citrus and wheat.

T: Light to moderate flavors of wheat and malts along with a slightly stronger flavor of lemon citrus. The beer is well balanced as there is little sweetness or bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely refreshing and extremely easy to drink - this is a very sessionable beer and is great for the summer. I enjoyed the lightness of the flavor and that made this a beer that I could easily have a couple.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-weathered maize with a summer blizzard of fine yeasties. The head, which resembles vanilla cotton candy, displays a remarkable amount of persistence given its apparent airiness. Unfortunately, a lack of tackiness means almost no lace makes its way to the glass.

It's hard for beer of this style to stand out, especially where the nose is concerned. The way to do it, as Three Floyds has proven, is to add a significant amount of distinctive hops (that is, ones I like) to the brew kettle. In Gumballhead's case that means Amarillo and in 312's case that means Cascade. This beer is much less enthusiastically hopped. Still though, the clean, bright grapefruitiness of the Cascade is noticeable over the malted barley and the wheat.

On the palate it's a different story. The citrusy hoppiness is now more prominent and puts 312 up there with the small handful of truly good APWAs that I've tasted. It's still recognizable as a wheat beer, and is exquisitely balanced, but the zing of lemon and grapefruit peel gives it that something extra that allows the word bland to be discarded without a second thought. Sometimes I think 'American wheat' and 'bland' are synonyms.

The amount of flavor, while never monstrous, doesn't decline precipitously on the finish, but lingers for a while. Nor does the quality of the flavor degrade on the finish or as the beer warms. 312 Urban Wheat is light and airy in the mouth, suiting its purposes as a quenching summer beer exceptionally well.

In case anyone is interested, 312 refers to the telephone area code for the Goose Island brewery. It seems to me the folks at GI have achieved what they set out to achieve with this beer. That is, to give an often lackluster style a kick in the ass with Cascade hops and to give the lawnmower beer category a quality newcomer. Mission accomplished on both counts.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bethany Blues BBQ.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that is gone rather quickly. Minimal lacing followed.

S: Lots of wheat, some orange, orange peel, and plenty of spice as well. Almost hefe like. A little too floral in a way actually.

T: Again more wheat, with some yeast, spice, and zest. It is surprisingly zesty with slight tartness actually. As it warms it becomes a bit grainy.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, I could feel small bubbles with each sip.

O: A decent beer that I would drink again if better options were not available.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel. Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up. Just a phenomal Hefe.

Overall I was really quite impressed Just a downright tasty hefe.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date 11/12/10. Was sure I reviewed this but whatever...

Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Above average head retention & some lacing

S: Bready & lemony notes, plus grassyness.

T: Follows the nose, lemongrass & white pepper there as well & a touch of dryness up front. Grassyness & lemony notes dominate as this warms along with some flinty dryness. Dry finish with slight mineral hoppyness & slight grassyness

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, fairly well balanced

Fairly drinkable, nothing mind blowing here, but a nice clean tasting thirst quencher. I will say this is better than any bottle or draft 312 I've had in the past, but this NOW my official baseline. Based on previous experinces with this one I venture to say you best be drinking it fresh...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery, part of a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from a mason jar.

The color is golden straw with light haziness and thick white cap of 2 fingers that settles rapidly to a ring of small beads. The smell is sweet and lightly fruity with a subtle malt aroma and light floral hop scent. The feel is good with lighter body than most, but crisp moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish ultimately delivers a gentle sweetness on the palate with thin body.

The flavor is as light as the feel with some mild maltiness which comes off as slightly wheat in the sweet quality of grain with some mild pilsner toastiness perhaps with some mild hop flavor which adds to the low spice accent in the back, very clean in general with mild yeast fruitiness. Overall this is a refreshing beer and a good wheat for summer refreshment, it is not bad in any way. I can see how some may be turned off by its simplicity or low abv, but to me that is what a pale wheat is designed for -this is a good example of that style.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
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